Triumph Motorcycles has introduced a prison camp escape vehicle.
The Bonneville T100 Steve McQueen Edition is a special version of the company’s throwback ride that’s been dressed up in faux-military garb and emblazoned with a reproduction of the late actor’s signature on its side covers.
Featuring a black painted frame, wheels and headlight casing, plus matte green bodywork, the 865cc parallel-twin bike has been tweaked to look like the Triumph Trophy TR6 that McQueen’s character tried to ride to freedom in the 1963 film “The Great Escape.” That bike was designed to imitate a German army BMW motorcycle, which the production team didn’t think could handle the famous jump performed by stuntman Bud Ekins.
A single seat with luggage rack has been fitted to the T100, along with a skid plate for covert trips behind enemy lines. The retro look is finished off with a military stencil-style Triumph decal on the gas tank.
Pricing has not yet been announced, but standard T100s go for about $9,000. Whatever it costs, only 1100 units will be sold worldwide, so it’s sure to be a collectible down the road.
Especially if a couple get wrecked trying to clear barbed wire fences.